boldness and passion.

boldness and passion are two words i would use to describe dustin lance black's oscar acceptance speech. to put myself out there -- i, for one, pray that we truly are working toward the hopes that he describes.

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i know little-to-nothing about haiti. had to even wikipedia their language at first (it's creole, fyi). i'm going to haiti in two weeks. let me paint a bigger picture.

so a few weeks ago i get a random facebook message from my friend joe cole. got to know joe at seminary -- he was a third-year when i was a first-year -- did a couple younglife retreats with him. cool guy. so out of the blue (we definitely hadn't talked before then in years) he sends me a note asking me how i'm doing/what i'm up to/etc. so i fire back a pretty general update (i never want to bore people with the ins-and-outs of being somewhat 'aimless', altho i know that other people in ministry usually know why i'm where i'm at) -- i mention some things about what i'm doing presently job-wise, that i'm dating a wonderful woman, and that i'm feeling pulling in the direction of worship with regard to ministry. so joe responds: hey just a quick thought, i need a worship leader for a week in march -- for a trip to haiti. so i'm like 'whoa' and he's like 'yea' and i'm like 'sweet' and he's like 'awesome'. short story, i thought about it for like 7 seconds and jumped on board.

joe is a pastor at tower hill and they've been building this ministry to haiti for some time now. they've recently bought 6 acres in NE haiti, to build on and serve as a center for the ministry they are building in that local area of haiti. we'll be doing some hands-on work at their property, as well as continuing the investment with the local community. now, i can be a bit cynical about short-term mission trips that swoop into an area and "do" things for the local people, then leave feeling good about themselves never to return. so i am SUPER-psyched to be part of a church's longterm investment in a specific community of peoples -- similar to my home church of liberty corner who has a longterm investment in LaEntrada, Honduras.

so i share all this to ask for prayer as i and the team prepare for our trip over the next couple weeks, and while we are there, march 15-21. i am thrilled to be part of this experience for many reasons -- but mostly to go and get my hands and heart working for the Lord, and to experience that alongside others.

an anticipated thanks,

everything's amazing, and nobody's happy...

saw a couple people linking this on facebook. thought this was pretty great -- both the perspective AND the humor.

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laughs guaranteed.

pure humor. so good. best line at the 4-minute mark.

ht to Mike King.


so. good. II

i laughed uncontrollably at this one too --

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so. good.

laughed out loud for the whole 40 seconds of this one. enjoy.

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pickle power.

this is the princeton seminary mailroom supervisor. it will speak for itself.


funny stuff.

once in awhile one of those email forwards makes me laugh. i thought that this was a good one -- and while it specifically applies to MN, it could also apply to northern new england...


Cold vs. COLD

60 above zero:
Floridians turn on the heat.
People in Minnesota plant gardens.

50 above zero:
Californians shiver uncontrollably.
People in Eagle River sunbathe.

40 above zero:
Italian & European cars won't start.
People in Minnesota drive with the windows down.

32 above zero:
Distilled water freezes.
The water in Green Bay gets thicker.

20 above zero:
Floridians don coats, thermal underwear, gloves, wool hats.
People in Minnesota throw on a flannel shirt.

15 above zero:
New York landlords finally turn up the heat.
People in Minnesota have the last cookout before it gets cold.

People in Miami all die.
Minnesota people close the windows.

10 below zero:
Californians fly away to Mexico
People in Minnesota get out their winter coats.

25 below zero:
Hollywood disintegrates.
The Girl Scouts in Minnesota are selling cookies door to door.

40 below zero:
Washington DC runs out of hot air.
People in Minnesota let the dogs sleep indoors.

100 below zero:
Santa Claus abandons the North Pole.
Minnesota people get upset because they can't start the Mini-Van.

460 below zero:
ALL atomic motion stops (absolute zero on the Kelvin scale.)
People in Minnesota start saying..."Cold 'nuff fer ya?"

500 below zero:
Hell freezes over.
Minnesota public schools will open 2 hours late